CM: Dimitra Ermeidou's The Big Sleep belongs to a series of digital prints with reference to the namesake novel of 1939 by Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), insofar as it addresses the the imperceptibl e mechanism of death. Protagonist of Ermeidou's The Big Sleep is a particular doll with clothing and makeup that references a small lady. Ermeidou takes the doll out of its context of the good character and the dignity it displays, and takes photographs of it in situations that are uncanny and she would not enjoy. Indeed, this picture represents her dead. Ermeidou ascribes to the doll the coldness of a lifeless woman, without determining her gender or identity, without content or substance. The element that Ermeidou choses to retain is the doll's hair, which is characterized by physical truth as opposed to her spiritual falsehood. She also chose to incorporate into the predominantly black and white atmosphere traces of red, reminiscent of blood and violence, in order to juxtapose experience with innocence. The doll appears as a split personality in the bipolarity between the real and the fake. This impression is strengthened by her eyes that are lost in space, of which one is photographed positive, while the other is photographed negative. Ermeidou's The Big Sleep describes something that cannot be expressed eloquently in words - the contradiction of enlivening the lie while exterminating the truth.
[Megakles Rogakos 06/2008]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens